Politics

State GOP Weighs In on Dem Party Resignations, Hemp Canvassing, Impeachment Inquiry

Democratic Party declines ongoing opportunity to provide a spokesperson on current events

For the better part of the past year, KDLT News Today has worked to consistently address, even briefly, current events in politics and provide context on relevant issues, both local and national. This is a segment we worked to bring to our morning show through numerous conversations with party leaders, and ultimately through an agreement with both the Democratic Party…

South Dakota Pundits on Declining University Enrollment, Impeachment

Democratic State Senator Reynold Nesiba joins South Dakota GOP Finance Director in the KDLT Studio to talk impeachment, what it means on the local level – if anything, and why state universities may see enrollment continue to decline. Categories: KDLT News Today – Top Stories, KDLT News Today Interviews, Politics, South Dakota Tags: Dave Roetman, Dems, GOP, Politics, Reynold Nesiba,…

Pundits Discuss Dem Party Office Closures, New Executive Director, Trade

South Dakota’s new Democratic Party Executive Director, Stacey Burnette joins the South Dakota GOP’s State Finance Director, Dave Roetman to talk politics in South Dakota, and of South Dakota. Categories: KDLT News Today, KDLT News Today – Top Stories, Politics, South Dakota Tags: Dave Roetman, Politics, SDDP, SDGOP, south dakota, Stacey Burnette

South Dakota’s View on Tariffs, Trump and the Impact on Agriculture

Political pundits Dave Roetman and Aaron Matson weigh in on the bigger issues plaguing South Dakota and the nation

What sort of a lasting impact will the President’s threat of a tariff on Mexico have on trade and the future flow of immigration? Our local political pundits, Dave Roetman with the South Dakota GOP and Aaron Matson with the state Democratic Party, understandably do not agree on an answer. Matson believes the President hasn’t done much new to negotiate,…

State Dems, GOP Debate 2020 Presidential Outlook

Sam Parkinson and Dave Roetman also address allegations of improper tactics by a South Dakota Congressman

Sam Parkinson, the Executive Director of the State Democratic Party, joined us on the KDLT News Today set one last time before leaving for a new position in Washington, D.C.. He and his counterpart with the state GOP, Dave Roetman, State Finance Director for the State Republican Party, offered insight this week into some of the political news making both…

Pushback – or No Problems for Noem?

Political pundits weigh in the Governor's latest initiatives and first few months in office

When it comes to pheasant habitat, or movement on the Keystone XL Pipeline in South Dakota, there are frustrations that perhaps not everyone that should have been at the table on those conversations, was. At least that’s opinion of Sam Parkinson, Executive Director for the State Democratic Party, based on what he’s hearing from others in state government and the…

Senate Votes Against Trump Border Emergency

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., signs H.J. Res 46, a disapproval resolution that blocks President Trump’s National Emergency declaration, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 14, 2019. However, the resolution is expected to be vetoed by President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON — In a stunning rebuke, a dozen defecting Republicans joined Senate Democrats to block the national…

6 Days Left For SD Lawmakers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The 2019 legislative session is drawing to a close. Lawmakers have debated bills calling for the legalization of industrial hemp, free speech on college campuses, funding for nursing homes, and many more. Democratic Party Executive Director Sam Parkinson and GOP Finance Director Dave Roetman discussed where various bills currently sit, how they think things might pan…

Rep. Johnson Talks About South Dakota Hemp

SOUTH DAKOTA-The legalization of industrial hemp in South Dakota has been a hot-button issue this legislative session. Governor Kristi Noem has expressed her opposition to the growing of hemp. She says the state “isn’t ready” for it yet. She has public safety concerns saying hemp looks like marijuana and officials don’t have a roadside test to measure THC levels. Representative…

Rep. Dusty Johnson Back in South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-It’s already been a busy year in Washington and Congressman Dusty Johnson has been there for it all, while trying to settle into his new role as South Dakota’s US Representative. KDLT’s Miranda Paige caught up with him to see how the new job is going. It’s important to Representative Dusty Johnson that he visits South Dakota. “This…

GOP, Dems Talk Empty Bills, Free Speech on Campus

Vehicle bills, or bills without any meaningful content, are introduced each year in the state legislature, so seeing some in the annual line-up is not out of the ordinary in Pierre. But are there more this year than usual? And what might be behind what is essentially considered, common practice? Former Democratic state legislator, Dan Ahlers and South Dakota GOP…

Inside South Dakota Politics: Week of February 5

There are a lot of bills in this year’s legislature that the Democratic Party and GOP have not been all that far apart on. There is a need, legislators know, to come together on issues like the nursing home crisis, transparency in government, the meth epidemic, and more. But there are a few bills coming up this week in Pierre…

Political Shifts, Sales Slump Cast Shadow Over Gun Industry

FILE – In this Jan. 19, 2016 file photo, handguns are displayed at the Smith & Wesson booth at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas. When gunmakers and dealers gather this week in Las Vegas for the industry’s largest annual conference, they will be grappling with slumping sales and a shift in politics that many didn’t…

GOP Unveils Fundraising Tool to Match Democrats’ ActBlue

WASHINGTON – The Republican Party believes it finally has its answer to the Democratic fundraising behemoth ActBlue. GOP groups are lending their support to a new donor platform called Patriot Pass, which they say will help the party match and even surpass the organization that sent more than $700 million to Democratic campaigns in 2018. After the Republican Party’s midterm…

Bills to Watch as Legislators Return to Pierre

Legislators are back in Pierre for the 2019 Legislative Session and Tuesday’s State of the State is the first of several big speeches to come. Wednesday is the State of the Judiciary and Thursday, the State of the Tribes. Lawmakers will just begin to look at some of the bills before them – including presumptive probation, nursing home funding, a…